Combination Birth Control Pills (estrogen and progesterone) - maintains your monthly period
- 21 hormone containing pills
- 24 hormone containing pills
Extended cycle pills (estrogen and progesterone) - decreases your period to every 3 months
- 84 estrogen and progesterone containing pills followed by 7 estrogen containing pills
Progesterone only pills - recommended for women over 35 & breastfeeding women
- 28 hormone containing pills
Vaginal Ring (estrogen and progesterone)
It is a flexible, plastic ring that you insert in the vagina. It is easy to place - similar to a tampon. The vaginal ring can stay in place for 21 or 28 days, depending on if you want to have a monthly period of a period every 3 months. If you want a monthly period, remove the ring after 21 days and insert a new one 7 days later. While the ring is out, you will have a period. If you want to have a period every 3 months, then leave the vaginal ring in place for 28 days, then remove it and replace it with a new ring every 28 days. After 3 months, you may want to remove the ring and leave it out for 7 days and then place a new one. This hormone break will allow you to have a period and prevent you from spotting between periods.
Patch (estrogen and progesterone)
It can be worn on the buttocks, upper back, upper arm, or abdomen. If you want a monthly period, wear a patch for a week at a time for a total of 3 weeks in a row. During the fourth week, a patch is not worn, and you will have your period. After week 4, a new patch is applied and the cycle is repeated. You apply the patch on the same day of the week even if you still are bleeding.
If you want your period every 3 months, apply a new patch every week on the same day without skipping a week. After 12 weeks, remove the patch and leave it off for 7 days. Apply a new patch. his hormone break will allow you to have a period and prevent you from spotting in between periods.